I use computers and the Internet quite a lot, except during the summer. I spend most of the summer at our summer cottage, it isn't possible to go online from there and I don't particularly miss it, either. There are just so many other nice things to do during that time of year that I don't care about e-mail, surfing or reading newsgroups. But since it is quite dark and cold here in Finland during the other seasons, I tend to spend a lot of time online, mainly for lack of better things to do.
I have been on the Web since 1995. It's remarkable the way bandwidth has become a serious problem lately. Suddenly everybody has to be online. Another problem is that the Web is evolving too fast. Nowadays there seems to be a great interest in audio and video, it's just that the bandwidth simply can't take it. Do we really need or want all this shit? How about those poor bastards who have to use the Web for doing serious work? It's hard to have patience with slow connections when you know that the main reason is clueless Newbies downloading music, porn and pirated software... I don't want to be a Net Nazi, but sometimes I would like to scream: Get the idiots off the Net! We want the bandwidth back!
So, what do I do on the Web?
- I read and write a lot of e-mail. Most of my friends don't live in the same town as I do, so most of our communication tends to be by e-mail.
- I search for information.
- I work on these pages. I don't really think that it is worthwhile having a personal homepage. Who is interested in personal homepages, anyway? The main reason why I have a homepage is that since I give courses on using the Internet I have to have something to show those who are interested in learning Web page design. If I were to make the homepage of my dreams, it would probably be called Home Page from Hell or something like that. It would most certainly be more interesting than this one, but since I am a teacher I have to try to be an example and be professional ( and unfortunately, rather boring...). There is some pretty heavy stuff here and there, though, you just have to work a little if you want to find it. Most of it is quite sophisticated and subtle to the max, so you really have to read between the lines and be able to put two and two together in order to get it. I have always wondered what it would take to make people take notice of a personal homepage, I guess you really have to spill your guts here like some people indeed do. It's not that I haven't got a pretty interesting life, the problem is that since I am a teacher I just can't put up most of the really smashing details of my private life on the Web :-P. The most interesting projects that I have going right now are Kapten Kalsongs Kul-lager and Killinggänget- hemsida. Unfortunately they are in Swedish only, but if you happen to understand Swedish you might want to check them out!
- I read some newgroups, at the moment alt.fan.monty-python and comp.os.linux. I occasionally post to alt.fan.monty-python, I'm a big fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus, I've got all the episodes on video, the scripts, the movies and stuff, so... I also post to comp.os.linux, but when it comes to Linux I seem to have a lot more questions than answers...
- I wouldn't mind wasting my time on IRC, either. It's just that I very rarely have any time to waste and that I'd rather take a walk, listen to a record, read a book or watch a movie than stare at a computer screen more than I have to. I can understand that chatting is fun, though...
If you're interested in Web Page design, take a look at these pages:
Some of the projects that I'm working on at the moment:
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